Profiles

Honorary graduates

At each of our graduation ceremonies, we mark and recognise the professional achievements of specially selected individuals with the award of an honorary degree. Honorary degrees are awarded to individuals who have achieved something outstanding in their field.

The individuals attend our graduation ceremonies and give a brief speech to the gathered students and guests. Many of the profiles below include recordings of the honorary graduates talking to camera.


Honorary graduate profiles

  • Lord Bilimoria, CBE, DL

    Honorary Graduate

    “I was fortunate to have studied Law at Cambridge and then Accountancy at London Metropolitan University, which has always stood out as an institution that gives an outstanding education to people regardless of their background.”

  • Armando Cabral

    Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by the University in 2016, London Met graduate Armando Cabral is one of the most exciting shoe designers working today.

  • Sir William Castell

    Honorary Doctor of Science

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University in 2016, Sir William is the Chair of the Foundation for FutureLondon.

  • Noel Clarke

    Honorary Doctor of Letters

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University in 2016, Noel Anthony Clarke is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer and comic book author.

  • Ian Cook

    Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by the University in 2015, Ian Cook is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colgate-Palmolive Company

  • Ann Duke

    Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the University in 2016, Ann Duke is the founder of Walk Tall, a charity that transforms the lives of disadvantaged people.

  • Greg Dyke

    Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the University in 2015, Greg Dyke is a British journalist and broadcaster and is the chairman of The Football Association.

  • Phil Frampton

    Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the University in 2016, Phil Frampton is a leading social campaigner and author

  • Mahamed Hashi

    Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the University in 2016, Mahamed Hashi is the co-creator of Brixton Soup Kitchen, a community space for people in desperate need.

  • Fergal Keane

    Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University in 2015, Fergal Keane is Special Correspondent for the BBC and a prolific author.

  • Professor Mark Rümmeli

    Honorary Doctor of Science

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University in 2015, Professor Mark Rümmeli is a chartered scientist specialised in nanotechnology and physics.

  • The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury

    Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the University in 2016, The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith) is a former Culture Secretary.

  • Clive Stafford Smith

    Honorary Doctor of Laws

    Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University in 2016, Clive Stafford Smith is the founder and Director of Reprieve.

Honorary graduates listed by year

Honorary graduates

We don't have full profile information for all of our honorary graduates, but the names of many of them can be found below:

Awards conferred in 2016

Noel Clarke
Chris Smith
Clive Stafford Smith
Armandinho Desejado Cabral
Ann Duke
Phil Frampton
Mahamed Hashi
Sir William Castell

Awards conferred in 2015

Rob Dickins CBE
Shaun Wallace
Paul Cummins MBE
Amol Rajan
Christine Coates MA MCLIP
Professor John Marshall MBE
Ian Cook
Fergal Keane OBE
Professor Mark Rümmeli
Greg Dyke
Rodney Bickerstaffe

Awards conferred in 2014

Brian Dive
Dr Michael Hopkins
Ray Davies CBE
Dr David Adebimpe

No honorary awards conferred between 2010 and 2013

Awards conferred in 2009

Baroness Diana Warwick
François Duvergé
Andrew Tinker
Antony Mark David Gormley OBE RA
Cyrus Todiwala MBE DL
Dawn Gibbins MBE
Khalid Hameed CBE DL
Susie Orbach
Michael Thomas Brace CBE OBE
Lord Victor Olufemi Adebowale CBE
Gill Hicks MBE
Helen Bamber OBE
Judith Pamela Kelly OBE

Awards conferred in 2008

Robert Veenstra
Sir Christopher Frayling
Karan Bilimoria CBE DL
Kenneth Friar OBE
David Michael
Camila Batmanghelidjh
Marianna V Vardinoyannis
Christopher Robinson
Victor Thompson
Lord Robert Walker of Gestingthorpe
Alexander Amosu
Eva Jiricna
Gilbert and George
James Roderick Moir
RT Hon Baroness Pola Manzila Uddin
Raj Joshi

Awards conferred in 2007

Professor Deyan Sudjic OBE
Philip Lane
Jagdish Khattar
Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington
Baroness Margaret Prosser
Sir Stuart Lipton
Professor Wang Junhao
Lord Colin Moynihan
Sir John Carter
Jahangir Khan
James Maher
Manny Lewis
Margot Sunderland
Tracey Emin

Awards conferred in 2006

Archbishop John Sentamu
Paul Brickell
Peta Levi MBE
Roy Sawh
Ed Mayo
Carlos Acosta
Dawn Austwick OBE
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene
Professor Tetsuya Noda
Bo Lerenius CBE
Sir Christopher Hum KCMG
Ekow Eshun
John Sorrell CBE
Kanya King MBE

Awards conferred in 2005

David R Varney
Robert G Cotton OBE
Edna O'Brien
Jennifer S Murray OBE
Victoria Thornton
John H Ritblat
Mende Nazer
Professor Rigas Doganis
Dr Simon J Thurley
Jyoti Bose
Yvonne Thompson CBE
Alderman David Brewer
HE Dr Maleeha Lodhi
Mike Leigh OBE
David R Varney

Awards conferred in 2004

Daniel Libeskind BArch MA BDA
Michael J E Frye CBE BSc MIES FRAES FRSA CCIBSE
Dr Pehr Gyllenhammar
William Thomson
Rabinder Singh
Dr Rodolfo Alarcon
Dame Stella Rimington DCB
Professor Roman Strongin
Sir John Bond
Dr Ahdaf Soueif
Professor Jeanette Allsopp
Frances Cairncross
Sister Frances Dominica

Awards conferred in 2003

Prof Richard Hoggart LittD
Iwona Blazwick
Harley Sherlock
Andrew Mawson OBE
Robert Kee CBE
Eric Froment
Junshi Chen
Sir Anthony Cleaver MA FBCS
Zandra Rhodes CBE RDI DESRCA FCSD
Prof David Rhind CBE FRS FBA
Torquil Norman CBE
John Grieve LLB QPM CBE
Dame Judith Mayhew OBE LLM